Robert Mugabe
How Power Changed Robert Mugabe


Robert Mugabe was elected Zimbabwe’s first black Prime Minister on March 4, 1980, following his role as a rebel leader against white minority rule. Mugabe is the leader of Zimbabwe’s African National Union – Patriotic Front, or ZANU-PF. Shortly after coming to power, Mugabe established a one-party state. Mugabe also … Continue reading

Salman Rushdie
Salman Rushdie Discusses The Fatwa Issued Against Him

Salman Rushdie Discusses The Fatwa Issued Against Him

Salman Rushdie is a British Indian novelist whose works include Midnight’s Children, Shalimar the Clown and Haroun and the Sea of Stories. In 1988, Rushdie released his fourth novel, The Satanic Verses. The Satanic Verses was considered controversial and sparked protests from Muslims in several countries. On February 14, 1989, … Continue reading

Chico Mendes
Chico Mendes & The Brazilian Rainforest


Chico Mendes was a Brazilian rubber tapper who became a trade union leader and environmentalist. He fought to preserve the Amazon Rainforest as well as for human rights. As part of the Rubber Tappers Union, Mendes asked the Brazilian government to set up reserves to make sure that the forest … Continue reading

El Mozote Massacre
Sole Survivor Recalls El Mozote Massacre

The El Mozote Massacre took place in El Mozote, El Salvador, on December 11, 1981. The Salvadorian Army killed more than 800 civilians. Only one person, Rufina Amaya, survived the massacre. In this video, she recalls the day the massacre took place, saying: “They took me at about five in … Continue reading